THE OLD SCHOOL PRESS

The making of Henry James Sat Here

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Printing means paper

If you have visited the story of the making of Harry Carter, Typographer you will have seen the ominously large pile of Mohawk waiting for 14,000 winds of the press. Things are rather different here. The edition is relatively small (95 copies) with each copy requiring ten sheets of the A3 Somerset watercolour paper.

I generally budget for 10% wastage on paper: inky thumbprints, misaligned sheets, dirt on the type - there are a thousand ways to spoil a sheet, especially if you are backing it up (ie printing on both sides), though that isn't the case here. Each of these sheets will however go through the press twice (each poem's title is in a different colour), and then through the Epson 2100 inkjet printer for the image.

 
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